Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick

Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick

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Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1 Northern Roads David F Myrick
 
Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California Vol 1  The Northern Roads by David F Myrick
Hard cover with dust jacket  Lots of black & white photos
Copyright 1962, 1990, 1992
453 pages
Here is the poignant record of over 43 railroads of Northern Nevada, many of them never before chronicled. They transported the eager men to new mining bonanzas, and away again in times of borrasca. They brought Chinese and Irish track gangs to build ever longer and more roads, and European and Eastern capitalists pointing gold- headed canes in the directions of still greater expansion.
In bonanza times the railroads were heavily laden with Nevada's riches of gold and silver ores. From the mills in the always receding stretches of timber they carried great stalwart timbers for the increasing tunnels and the deepening mines. And, of course, all the food, equipment and paraphernalia to support a burgeoning populace rode the rails to the camps.
With the exception of a half dozen mining and timbering camps, very little has been written on the economic history of Nevada and the eastern slope of the Sierra since the '80's. This book fills the gap for it is as much a history of the region as it is a railroad hook. The principal mines and mills and their production are all scrupulously detailed together with the personalities who created them.
RAILROADS OF NEVADA succeeds in recreating those fabulous times and their vigorous people. It explains how railroad development mostly paralleled the eras of mining prosperity-although some were built to service other industries or to serve towns which are listed today in travel folders as "ghost towns."
Stories too of trolleys and tramways, even some boats and flumes are included. They are part of Nevada's varied, dramatic geography-high mountains and vast deserts.
The excellencies the book presents are many, but prime among them is the thorough research of the author who succeeded so well in garnering facts and illustrations believed gone with the passage of years.
Special attention has been given to mapping in order to visibly orient the reader to every locale and situation described. In fact, it would be a most accurate and reliable travel guide today should the reader choose to wander the streets of the ghost towns and ghost scenes of yesteryear.
Precise organization of these facts and figures, fantastic reproduction of the rare photographs and maps ( over 500) in addition to the whole de luxe presentation will provide the reader constant pleasure.


Jacket painting "Morning Mixed" by C. E. Kemp

PREFACE.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS . .
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF SELECTED EVENTS THE CENTRAL PACIFIC - PIONEER.
Original construction 1863-69 - Early operations - Southern Pacific ownership - The new Central Pacific (refinanced and reconstructed) - Shops moved from Wadsworth to Sparks - Lucin Cut-Off - Branches to Fallon and Metropolis - Fernley & Lassen Ry. to Susanville and Westwood - Improvements (1923-30) .
EAGLE SALT WORKS RAILROAD COMPANY .
B. F. Leete - Eagle Salt Works - Railroad construction and abandonment. THE NEVADA RAILROAD COMPANY.
Mining and life at Olinghouse - Railroad construction - Railroad Day celebration - Abandonment.
NEVADA SHORT LINE RAILWAY .
Joseph F. Nenzel - Oreana - Rochester - A. A. Codd - Railroad construction - Panama - "The Silver Belt Railroad" - Aerial tramway - Railroad abandonment.
GOLCONDA & ADELAIDE RAILROAD .
Golconda Hot Springs - Glasgow & Western Exploration Co. - Adelaide Star Mines, Ltd. - Railroad construction and abandonment.
NEVADA CENTRAL RAILWAY . .
Discovery and development of Reese River Mining District and growth of Austin -Nevada Railway formed and route surveyed - Project taken over by Col. Bridges with bond financing provided by Anson Phelps Stokes and built to Clifton (Austin) as Nevada Central Railway - Nevada Northern Railway, Nevada Southern Railway and Southern Nevada Railway surveyed - Union Pacific buys stock, later defaults on bonds - Property reverts to Stokes - J. G. Phelps Stokes takes over - Tasker Oddie finds fraud in Austin - Later railroad operations and abandonment.
BATTLE MOUNTAIN & LEWIS RAILWAY . .
Silver ore discovered in Lewis Canyon - Lewis booms - Labor trouble at Starr Grove Mine - Railroad constructed - Financial difficulties at mine and railroad - Operations suspended - Abandoned - Battle Mountain Mines & Development Co. railroad.
AUSTIN CITY RAILWAY .
Allen A. Curtis builds mule power railroad from Clifton to Austin - Later steam power substituted for mules (Mules' Relief) - Serious wreck - Railroad abandoned.
NEVADA MIDLAND RAILROAD COMPANY
Under Simon Bamberger's unrealized plan, surveys were made for a railroad from Austin to Tonopah in connection with the proposed acquisition of the Nevada Central.
MID-PACIFIC RAILROAD .
Plan developed by Andrew Stevenson to merge six Nevada railroads with four connecting links to be built.
EUREKA & PALISADE RAILROAD .
Discovery of silver-lead ore at Eureka - Development of mining and smelting - Organization and construction of E&P - Ruby Hill Railroad built - Long period of dull times - Mark Requa assumes management of property - Reorganized as Eureka & Palisade Railway - Ruby Hill branch reconstructed - Railroad out of service two years following washouts of 1910 - Reorganized as Eureka-Nevada Railway, operated under lease by Nevada Transportation Co., J. E. Sexton, manager - Later operations and abandonment.
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NEVADA NORTHERN RAILWAY .
Discovery of gold and naming of Ely - Discovery of copper and development of mines by Mark Requa - Surveys for railroad - Construction to Ely - Railroad Days at Ely - Ely City controversy - Tracks built to mines and smelter - Current operations of Nevada Northern and Kennecott Copper trains - Corporate name changes.
GIROUX CONSOLIDATED MINES COMPANY . .
Development of copper claims near Ely - Building of narrow gauge railroad - Reorganization as Consolidated Coppermines Co. and widening of tracks - Sale of property to Kennecott Copper.
VIRGINIA & TRUCKEE RAILROAD .
Railroad needed to haul ore from Comstock mines to mills - Organization of Virginia, Carson & Truckee Railroad Co. - Virginia and Truckee Railroad Co. - Virginia & Truckee River Rail Road Co. - Virginia & Truckee Rail Road Co. - Organization and construction of Virginia & Truckee Railroad Co. - Busy operations followed by dull times - Later surge of traffic from Tonopah - Extension to Minden - Abandonment of Virginia City line - Abandonment of entire railroad.
GARDNERVILLE AND SOUTHERN RAILROAD .
Organization - Surveying and grading of short railroad from Minden to Gardnerville - Abandonment of entire project.
EUREKA MILL RAILROAD .
Construction of mill railroad along Carson River. CARSON & COLORADO RAILROAD .
Mining districts south of Virginia City - Organization and building of first section from Mound House to Candelaria - Hawthorne town lot sale - Carson and Colorado Railroad Company, Second Division, formed to build from Filben to state line - Carson and Colorado Railroad Company, Third Division formed to build in California - Construction terminated at Keeler (Hawley) - Mining towns along the route - Inyo Development Co. and Natural Soda Products Co. operate short lines at Keeler - Rumored short lines at Luning and Kearsarge - Mining slump - All corporations consolidated as Carson & Colorado Railway - Cottonwood Branch built - C&C sold to Southern Pacific - Part of route standard gauged - Name changed to Nevada & California Railway - Hawthorne by-passed - Terminal established at Mina - Mojave-Owenyo standard gauge tracks built to aid in construction of Los Angeles aqueduct - Red Rock Railroad - Line change in Owens Valley and subsequent abandonment.
DAYTON, SUTRO & CARSON VALLEY RAILROAD
Stamp mills at Dayton - Fred Birdsall builds horse-drawn railroad - Converted to steam power and extended as Lyon Mill and Mining Co. - Sold to J. M. Douglass and lengthened under name of DS&CVRR.
NEVADA COPPER BELT RAILROAD .
Copper mining in Yerington district - Construction of NCB - Mason Valley Mines Co. aerial tramway and smelter at Thompson - Bluestone Copper Co. standard gauge steam and narrow gauge electric railroad - Difficulties of operation - Abandonment.
RAWHIDE WESTERN RAILWAY
Discovery of ore and boom at Rawhide - Railroad graded - Bad fire at Rawhide - Railroad project abandoned before tracks laid.
TONOPAH & GOLDFIELD RAILROAD .. . . 236
Tonopah Railroad (236) : Jim Butler and burro discover silver at Tonopah - Development of mines and town - Various proposals for railroad - Tonopah Railroad incorporated - Control passes to Tonopah Mining Co. - Narrow gauge railroad built - Railroad Days at Tonopah - Serious washouts - Conversion to standard gauge - Goldfield Railroad (256) : Discovery of gold at Grandpa - Later at Goldfield and growth of town - Railroad built by Goldfield Syndicate - Railroad Days at Goldfield - T&G RR (258) formed as consolidation - Great prosperity in mines and cities - Operating problems - Competition from Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad and Bullfrog Goldfield Railroad - Hard times - Recovery and resumption of dividends - Goldfield flood of 1913 and fire of 1923 - Connecting railroad to Gilbert proposed - Financial difficulties of the 1930's - Tonopah Mining Co. sells control to Dulien Steel Products - World War II booms traffic - Loss of postwar traffic and abandonment.
GOLDFIELD CONSOLIDATED MILLING & TRANSPORTATION CO. . . . 288
Goldfield Consolidated Mines Co. (Nixon and Wingfield) builds short railroad to mill - Mill and railroad transferred to GCM&T Co. - Later operation of railroad by T&G RR.
SILVER PEAK RAILROAD COMPANY . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Short railroad graded and tramway built in 1860's to serve Drinkwater mine - Property acquired by John I. Blair - Later sold to Oliver and Flinn - Under name of Pittsburg Silver Peak Gold Mining Co., large mill built and subsidiary, Silver Peak Railroad, constructed - Electric mine railroad brought ores to aerial tramway - Townsite of Blair laid out - Water problems - Profitable mining operation ceased - Mill dismantled and railroad abandoned.
BODIE & BENTON RAILWAY . . . . . . . . . .
Discovery of gold by William S. Bodey - Reputation of Bodie as rough and wicked town - Railroad needed to bring lumber to mines - Bodie Railway & Lumber Co. formed - Neighboring towns of Mammoth and Lundy - Construction problems: anti-Chinese feeling, labor difficulties - Completed and renamed The Bodie & Benton Railway & Commercial Co. and line partially graded to Benton - Diminished mining activity affected railroad - Later sold to become Mono Lake Railway & Lumber Co. and surveys made to connect with other railroads - Name changed to Mono Railway Co. - Later abandoned.
OWENS RIVER VALLEY ELECTRIC RAILWAY CO. . . ..
Three lines proposed from Bishop - Line from Laws to Bishop graded - Locally known as "The Red Apple Route" - Project abandoned before rails laid.
WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD
Construction of main line across Nevada - Acquisition of part of Nevada-CaliforniaOregon (Reno Branch) - Line change (Arnold Loop) and construction of other branches - Proposed control by AT&SF or SP.
OREGON SHORT LINE (IDAHO CENTRAL).
Surveys of Idaho Central Railroad - Inability to raise funds - Project taken over by OSL (Union Pacific) and railroad constructed - Celebration at Wells on completion.
OTHER NORTHERN NEVADA SHORT LINES .
Deep Creek Railroad (Wendover-Gold Hill, Utah) - Pacific Portland Cement Co. (Empire-Gerlach) - Nevada Massachusetts Co. (Mill City) - Cortez Mines (Tenabo).
NEVADA-CALIFORNIA-OREGON RAILWAY . . Western Nevada Railroad Co. incorporated to build south from Wadsworth - Abandoned in favor of The Nevada and Oregon Railroad to build north and south from Reno - Col. Moore begins construction northward from Reno - Company reorganized as Nevada and Oregon Railroad Co. and work moves ahead - Dissension - Scoville shot at directors' meeting - Railroad completed and placed in operation to Oneida - Financial difficulties - Interest unpaid - Bankruptcy follows and road acquired by Moran Bros. (bondholders) who operated it as Nevada & California Railroad and later as Nevada-California - Oregon Railway extended to Amedee, Then Termo
NEVADA-CALIFORNIA-OREGON RAILWAY (Continued)
Locally called "The Great Northern" - Tracks reach Madeline - Branch built to Reno Fair Grounds - Sierra Valleys Ry. acquired - Main line built north to Likely, Alturas and Lakeview, Oregon - Sale of tracks for WP Reno branch - Shops and offices moved to Alturas - Operating conditions on N-C-O - Abandonment threatened - Acquisition and standard gauging by SP - Construction of SP line from Alturas to Klamath Falls - Lumber railroads: Pickering at Hackamore, Big Lakes at Canby (Canby Railroad), Crane Creek at Willow Ranch.
SIERRA VALLEYS RAILWAY
Feather River gold discoveries of 1849 - Plumas-Eureka mine and short railroad - Proposed Sierra Iron & Quincy Railroad - Sierra Valley & Mohawk Railroad built by California Land & Timber Co. interests - Activity at Beckwith (Beckwourth) and Kerby - Financial problems of railroad - Eventually sold to Henry Bowen - Renamed as Sierra Valleys Ry. and pushed on to Clairville - Life at Clairville - Fires at Clairville and Vinton - Bowen financially undermined by serious accident - Road taken over by N-C-O Ry. - Name changed to Sierra & Mohawk Railway and later fully absorbed by N-C-O - Tracks reach Davies Mill - Line sold to WP and abandoned.
BOCA & LOYALTON RAILROAD .
Early mill of Lewis brothers - Later joined by Capt. Roberts - Short track of Boca Mill & Ice Co. at Boca - Lewis and Roberts build B&L to replace steam wagons - Sawmills at Loyalton - Joint track with WP near Portola - Gulling's Grizzly Creek Ice Co. - B&L defaults on interest - Property acquired by WP - Most abandoned.
VERDI LUMBER COMPANY .
Early lumbering activities - Life at Verdi (fires) - Construction of "Verdi Scenic Railway" to timber in Dog Valley - Then north to Long Valley Canyon - Later pushed westward to Lemon Canyon - Timber exhausted - Sawmill burns - Railroad abandoned.
LOGGING RAILROADS - LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE RIVER BASIN . . 416
CARSON AND TAHOE LUMBER AND FLUMING CO. ( LAKE TAHOE NARROW GAUGE R.R.).
Sawmill at Glenbrook - Flume from Spooner's Summit to Carson City - Railroad built from Glenbrook to Spooner's Summit - Later dismantled.
M. C. GARDNER (CAMP RICHARDSON).
G. W. CHUBBUCK (LAKE VALLEY RAILROAD) ( Bijou) SIERRA NEVADA WOOD AND LUMBER COMPANY .
Construction of great incline and flume - "Crystal Bay Railroad" built along lake shore - Operations - Dismantled and moved to Hobart Mills.
LAKE TAHOE RAILWAY AND TRANSPORTATION CO. .
Construction of railroad from Truckee to Tahoe City - Branches to Ward Creek and Squaw Valley - Leased to SP - Track widened - Later abandoned.
OTHER EARLY LUMBER RAILROADS IN THE TRUCKEE AREA .
Truckee Lumber Co. - George Schaffer - Richardson Brothers - Pacific Lumber and Wood Co. (Clinton Narrow Gauge RR) - Miscellanea (Boca Mill Co., Nevada and California Lumber Co.) .
SIERRA NEVADA WOOD AND LUMBER CO..
Construction of railroad from Truckee to Hobart Mills - Narrow gauge logging lines to the woods - Name changed to Hobart Estate Co. - Part operated as Hobart Southern.
CROWN WILLAMETTE PAPER COMPANY (Alder Creek) . FIBREBOARD PRODUCTS, INC. ( Hobart Mills)
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